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And now, finally:Farin Urlaub Racing Team, 20.12.2008, Hamburg Sporthalle
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Stefano and I left from Milan on Saturday morning, Elena was supposed to come with us too, but she had to work during the weekend, so it was just the two of us like in 2006. We got to the hotel around midday (I LOVE A&O, and not just because I have the same initials :P), went for a walk in the area around the Rathaus, ate falafel and then headed to the Sporthalle. We arrived around 4:00 PM and, unsurprisingly, there were already people lining up despite the cold. After a while a girl standing behind us started talking to us in Italian: she was German but had studied Italian and stayed in Italy for a few months. Needless to say, she was very surprised to see two Italians lining up at a FURT concert and wanted to know how we had found out about him, if we understood the songs, if we knew Die Ärzte etc etc. She had a banner and told us she had written it in Italian, because she wanted Farin to be the only one able to understand it, and refused to show it to us. Around 5:30 PM Almut joined us and we exchanged Christmas presents: I gave her my Rod Christmas card
and she gave me a chocolate Santa - mmh, chooocolaaate...
We didn't run when the gates opened, but got a decent place in the third/fourth row in front of Nessie anyway. The concert began at 8:00 PM sharp with the bang of a gong. The first songs, "Nichimgriff" and "Unsharf", were the worst, as we were pushed and pulled from every direction, but after a while things got better. I ended up in the third row behind a mother and son, the kid must have been 10 and was there with his slightly older brother and parents, who stood behind their children and acted as shield between them and the screaming, pogoing mass of people. Well, those kids can say they were in the front row at a FURT concert at the tender age of 10 and 12, respect!
The concert itself was great, the 4 singers wore various Christmassy decorations (Santa's hats, little wings, fuzzy halos) and during a song kept singing totally unrelated stuff, like "Wake me up before you go-go". Farin kept trying to block the way to his roadie whenever he got on stage to bring him "fresh" tea - which was so hot you could see the steam rising from the cup, I wonder how he could drink it without burning off his tongue - the brass section spent half the concert dancing their arses off and everyone seemed to be in a good mood and have fun.
It was the last concert of the tour, so the crew wanted to have some fun too. During "Alles dasselbe" Niko and T. got on stage wearing orange skirts and waving ponpons, while after "Insel" the guys who took away the big drums came out with their trousers around their ankles. I didn't pay much attention, but it turned out one of them was BELA! >_< He was probably the one who got me thinking "Hey, who's that guy wearing such tight black slips?" Too bad he wasn't wearing his favourite glittery sliver g-string, but I guess that would have given him away at once. XD
Can you see the little joint movement when he sings "unter Drogeneinfluss"? I squeed when I saw that. >_<
I can't remember much else, but it was a damn good concert. I still don't know about next year, but I'd like to see them live again. Unfortunately I can't go anywhere the first two weeks of July, which means I'll have to forget the FURT gig at the Wuhlheide in Berlin AND the DÄ gig in Linz. Which is sold out anyway. *weeps discretely* Oh well, there might be a chance, but I'll only know in a couple of months, so I'm not going to think about it now.
Stefano and I stayed in Hamburg for the following two days, visited the centre, the Christmas markets, the harbour, St. Pauli, ate delicious food in a German/Polish restaurant on the Repeerbahn, drank Glühwein and talked about English grammar. For some reason we always end up talking about English grammar when we're on holiday together. XD We also shot a brilliant video, "Steah vs Gemüse Cocktail", watch out for it at the next Academy Awards. ;)